‘Loneliness and isolation are probably the main issues. We know that families are very important for people with mental health problems.’ Photograph: iStock

Covid-19 doesn’t just make people physically ill. It has also led to higher levels of anxiety and mental illness across Ireland. Combating it is not(...)

Micheal Martin during a media briefing.”It will pass. We will make it through this pandemic,” he said. PhotographTom Honan/Julien Behal Photography/PA Wire

The Government has announced a nationwide ban on visits to homes or gardens in almost all circumstances, except for providing care to children or elde(...)

Due to initial shortages in the regular vaccine, the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) has warned  plans for dedicated flu vaccine clinics will be delayed. Photograph: iStock

The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) has contacted its members over “frustrations” with seasonal flu vaccine delays saying two-thirds of the overall s(...)

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly: The ASTI has asked him to intervene to secure a meeting between the teachers’ union and the Health Protection Surveillance Centre  regarding the reopening of schools for those in the “high risk” category.  Photograph: Julien Behal

Hundreds of teachers being ordered back to work over the coming days despite suffering serious illnesses which leave them particularly vulnerable to C(...)

Currently, children must undergo the same invasive testing procedure for Covid-19 as adults. File photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images

Alternative, less traumatic Covid-19 testing for small children and the possibility of treating fevers differently to cases in adults are both being e(...)

While work on recommendations as to which groups may be prioritised to receive the vaccine is ongoing, decisions will be based on the need to protect individuals, break the transmission of the virus and protect essential services

Vaccination is one of the top medical discoveries of all time. From the development of the world’s very first vaccine, for small pox, in the late 1700(...)

Photograph: iStock

GPs have expressed concern that some infants are not being brought for early childhood vaccinations due to fears of contracting Covid-19 in surgeries.(...)

The speed of processing tests has improved but, according to HSE chief executive Paul Reid, the average time to get a result is now 2.4 days. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA

The head of one of the country’s largest contact tracing centres has said it is vital test results for coronavirus are turned around within 48 hours b(...)

Patients now need to have just one of three symptoms – fever, cough or shortness of breath – and be part of a priority group to be eligible for coronavirus testing, such as working in the healthcare sector, or having a condition that may make them more vulnerable. File photograph: Francesca Volpi/Bloomberg

Expanded criteria will lead to more testing for coronavirus, but doctors have warned the system for testing and contact tracing must be more robust to(...)

Testing  it is being applied to those with symptoms consistent with the virus given that community transmission is likely to be increasing. Photograph: Alan Betson

Scaled-up testing for coronavirus across the country from this week is expected to confirm a large increase in cases. The measure is critical at thi(...)

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